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2020 Annual Report Published

The Annual Report showcasing the achievements of the previous year is now available to view. 2020 was a challenging year due to COVID-19, but check out the report to see what the Study Group was able to accomplish or plan for the future.

New ESGFOR Executive Committee elected

A new ESGFOR Executive Committee has been elected and will now be:

  • Chairperson: Veroniek Saegeman, Belgium
  • Secretary: Amparo Fernández-Rodríguez, Spain
  • Treasurer: Marta Cohen, United Kingdom

We thank all previous Executive Committee for their excellent work over the last years. We are looking forward to continuing this work.

You can find the full election report here


The audience at the AMCLI-ESGFOR session about forensic microbiology.

On November 13th 2018, a joint session of AMCLI (Italian Association of Clinical Microbiologists) and ESGFOR-ESCMID was held in Rimini, Italy. ESGFOR Chairperson Amparo Fernandez-Rodriguez introduced the forensic microbiology session explaining the focus of the working group.

Particularities of forensic microbiology were discussed: collection of biological samples from deceased persons; data analysis/interpretation and its use in identifying a pathogen in case of unknown cause of death or estimate an antibiotic treatment’s effectiveness given before a patient’s death.

The microbiology of gender-based violence, affecting 35% of women worldwide and cases of endo-uterine infections as well as prematurity and infections linked to long stays in Neonatal Intensive Care Therapy was discussed.


In the words of Prof. Claudio Farina and Prof. Giuseppe Miragliotta, moderators of the session: the transversality of forensic microbiology and its growing interest in Italy were highlighted by the different speakers: Elvira Ventura Spagnolo (Forensic Medicine Department, University of Palermo, Italy), Roberta Creti (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy),  Francesco D’Aleo (Grande Ospedale Metropolitano, Reggio Calabria, Italy) and Claudio Bandi (coordinator of the Genomic Epidemiology Platform at the Milan University).

ESGFOR-supported course on The Plague

From left to right: Prof . Dr. Javier Garaizar (UPV/EHU) organiser of the course, Dr. Amparo Fernandez-Rodriguez (ESGFOR-ESCMID), Dr. Anne Stone (ASU), and Dr. Alexander Herbig (Max Planck-Jena) at the plague exhibition, which was held at the Vitoria-Gasteiz university library along the course.


Few infections had as much importance as The Plague. The interest in this disease has been growing among specialists in history of medicine, infectious diseases, molecular microbiologists, geneticists and forensic scientists, who are now able to analyze the genome of extinct strains involved in ancient pandemics and to compare them with current strains.

On October 10th and 11th 2018, an international course about The Plague was held in the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, with the collaboration of ESGFOR. In interactive sessions specialists discussed about the historical context, results from analysis of ancient DNA from human bone remains and the high performance sequencing of complete genomes.


Coming Soon

Ongoing research: ESGFOR collaborative project (2018-2020)

Targeted 16S-23S rDNA Next Generation Sequencing: is it a complementary technique in identifying an infectious cause of death?